TOM WARD - Cautious applause for new charter school

I'm giving cautious applause to last week's decision by the state's education leaders to give preliminary approval for a new charter school to serve K-8 students from Woonsocket, North Smithfield and... more

ARLENE VIOLET - The 'Numbers Man' says Cianci could lose

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Ted Hahn is a former advanced math teacher who taught for 38 years in the public school system. His love affair with numbers carried into politics. For years he has been involved in campaigns both... more

Letters to the Editor

Vote with our wallets for state's rebound

Right now we are smack dab in the midst of election fervor. As a state, we will soon choose those leaders whom we want to represent us. Or, at the very least, choose against those we do not want to... more

Piche 'not appropriate' for council

I recently saw sleazy pictures of North Providence Town Council candidate Shane Piche with scantily clad women. I am outraged that he expects to gain public trust and respect while displaying such... more

Support URI construction

Oftentimes in conversation I am asked what I think should be done to help improve the state's economy. For me the answer is simple: the creation of good paying, upper middle class jobs. Now consensus... more

Where is our open government?

There is a real need to have open government in North Providence, and always has been. One of the main problems is a lack of understanding about the laws that regulate what you should, can or cannot... more

What did Obama mean?

I heard on the news that on Oct. 15 President Obama was in Dallas, Texas, at Emory Hospital, where a second nurse came down with the Ebola disease. He made this statement: "I shook hands with, hugged... more

Constitutional Convention purpose? Democratic reform

In their letters regarding the Nov. 4 referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention, Steve Brown and George Nee raise a laundry list of objections to a constitutional convention. The... more

Slow down on Mendon, drivers!

Just this morning, as I was coming back from a night of babysitting, on Mendon Road at Branch Avenue in Cumberland, I was rudely honked at for making a left hand turn onto my street to get home. My... more

Vote with our wallets for state's rebound

Right now we are smack dab in the midst of election fervor. As a state, we will soon choose those leaders whom we want to represent us. Or, at the very least, choose against those we do not want to... more

Depaults thank community for helping their brother

To our family, friends, colleagues, and Buy-Local family - Thank You! Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude and we continue to be humbled by your generosity. So many people opened their hearts... more

Lobbying for help with cancer

I traveled to Washington, D.C., two weeks ago to join more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country urging Congress to support lifesaving... more

Mayor, Council arrogance serious

The Woonsocket City Council's move of (considering) removing Al Brien from the council presidency was another act of arrogance in a series of such acts. It wasn't just arrogant, it was illegal in the... more

Thanks, teachers, at this difficult time

Cumberland has suffered two unspeakable tragedies in recent months with the deaths of two of our children. As a parent it's difficult to imagine the extreme loss, grief, and anguish these two... more

Tax Assessor report delay 'scare tactics,' fault of Yazbak

I would normally refrain from debating with fellow councilors through letters to the editor, but I'm compelled to respond to Councilor Ed Yazbak's scaremongering letter of Oct. 8, "Abatement issue is... more

No to Question 20: Too much power to borrow given Council

Several changes to the Town Charter will be put before North Smithfield voters on Nov. 4. Question 20, listed on the ballot as "Article 7, Section 2.1 (Department of Finance - Finance Department)",... more

Let's not offend Ebola carriers

For Obama not to stop flights out of Liberia to the United States shows what a failure he is as president. He's more worried about not offending the Liberian people than he is about protecting the... more

Consider entire Przybyla record

The position of a former treasurer taking aim in the political silly season was in black and white on the pages of The Valley Breeze & Observer last week in a story by Denise Perreault.... more